Original report from Healthcare IT News:

SQL Server 2016 will bring new functions for protecting data in motion and at rest, visual reporting, cloud-first features and big data analytics tools

Microsoft on Monday revealed that hospitals and other IT shops should expect the next generation of its database to be available on June 1. Dubbed SQL Server 2016, the forthcoming iteration brings a focus on analytics, cloud capabilities, data encryption and security, as well as the usual raft of features database vendors typically market as mission-critical.

The company has been upping its focus on healthcare recently, with new functionality in Windows 10 that enables clinicians to view an EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conform... More interface alongside home health apps, for instance, and by adding data privacy features to Office 2016, as well as looking toward Skype for telehealth consults.

Our take:

Microsoft SQL technology continues to advance and find new ways for healthcare providers to get the most out of their health data. These new features –– while still speculative – hold a lot of promise for what national health IT leaders would like the future of care to look like.

And, as Corepoint Health customers know, Microsoft technology has proven to be a more affordable and reliable solution to help provider organizations grow and “scale” more easily.

Since the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, large industry operating system preferences have begun to move away from Linux, which traditionally was viewed as more stable with less downtime. Lower prices, performance, and a larger pool of qualified professionals are a few reasons cited for Windows’ emergence.

Additionally, Microsoft climbed to the top in customer satisfaction ratings in 2013 with 71% of ITIC customers rating the company’s service either “Excellent” or “Very Good.”  Windows-based applications are now installed in practically every healthcare facility in the U.S. (Read: Windows Servers Continue to Shine in Reliability Surveys, Downtime No Longer a Concern.)

Thanks to improvements in performance, other industries such as finance have adopted Windows server technology, as explored in the White Paper, “Linux vs. Windows: a comparison across industries”.

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